DALLAS EX-PRIEST PLEADS GUILTY TO SOME CHARGES IN SEX ABUSE TRIAL

      DALLAS (CWN) - Former priest Rudolph Kos unexpectedly pleaded guilty to three of eight charges that he sexually abused young boys at his parish as opening statements and testimony were about to begin on Tuesday.

      Kos pleaded guilty to two counts of indecency with a child and one count of sexual assault on a child, both second-degree felonies. He is alleged to have molested four teenage boys when he was a parish priest in the Diocese of Dallas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Kos is now facing three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. If convicted on the more serious charges, he could receive a life sentence.

      Kos was the focus of a $119.6 million civil judgment against the Diocese of Dallas last summer, in which the jury found the diocese covered up the abuse and failed to stop it.

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March 26, 1998 volume 9, no. 61         DAILY CATHOLIC